India to test 100-yr-old vaccine on humans as war against Covid-19 heats up - (Business Standard via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The Serum Institute of India's recombinant Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine would be the first vaccine candidate in India to start human trials within the next two weeks, reported Business Standard.

  • The trials will test if the BCG vaccine, administered at birth to Indians to fight tuberculosis, can also boost immunity in adults against the novel coronavirus.

  • CEO Adar Poonawalla said "this is an extremely safe vaccine, since it is given to newborn babies, and [it has been available] in more than 100 countries worldwide for more than two decades." 

  • The executive added "there is a demand for this vaccine, and we can make 300 million to 400 million doses…but until the trials are over, we are not officially prescribing it."

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